What better way to celebrate the 30th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) than with honoring the Cousteau family for their dedication in protecting and preserving the planet’s extensive and endangered marine life.
On January 28 at the Arlington Theatre, SBIFF will present the Attenborough Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking to Jean-Michel, Fabian, and Celine Cousteau who for decades have committed themselves to educating the public and discovering all the ocean has to offer.
“The name Cousteau is synonymous with ocean exploration and preservation, something the Santa Barbara community is equally passionate about. Acknowledging them for their dedication to continue their mission through action and education is both an honor and a privilege,” says Roger Durling, SBIFF executive director.
Together and individually, the members of the Cousteau family have continued Captain Jacques Cousteau‘s legacy and educated people on the importance of protecting the ocean. Also in celebration for the 30th anniversary of the film festival, SBIFF’s Opening Night will feature the U.S. premiere of Desert Dancer, directed by Richard Raymond and starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, and more. The biographical film follows the story of Afshin Ghaffarian, who alongside Elaheh and other friends starts an underground dance company.